The Keynote Address for World Environment Day is this
Thursday, June 2nd. But, in case you haven't heard
about it, or you've just been too busy to register, we
wanted to provide you with a gentle reminder to pull
out your calendar if you're interested in attending.
This keynote promises to be an presentation that you
won���t want to miss! Seats are still available, yet
filling up quickly. Pre-registration will be available
until midnight Wednesday June 1st. Registration at the
door will be open while seats are available. Below is
an updated announcement, with a more detailed
The United Nations World Environment Day Green
Building Keynote Presentation
The ���Not So Big��� New Urbanism
Presented by Sarah Susanka, FAIA & Andres Duany, FAIA
When: Thursday June 2nd, 2005
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Where: PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale St., San Francisco
Bigger isn���t always better!
Two important parts of our lives are our homes and
communities���each are entwined, whether it���s
thoughtful architecture, better planning, and
connecting people with their neighborhoods.
Two of the country���s most knowledgeable experts in
building better homes and back-to-the-basics
traditional neighborhoods will be in San Francisco to
share their ideas and expertise this week.
Celebrated author, architect, and cultural visionary -
Sarah Susanka, The Not So Big House, and Andres Duany,
a pioneer in the New Urbanism movement and co-author
of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline
of the American Dream, will deliver the green building
keynote address this Thursday, June 2 for World
Susanka, who leads the home building movement in
building right-sized, healthier homes, has many
converts, including architects, homeowners and
builders. Duany, who���s firm designed the
award-winning Seaside, is a passionate speaker and
co-founder of The Congress for New Urbanism.
Presenting The ���Not So Big��� New Urbanism, their
joint views on the future of sustainable building and
architecture promise to be spirited, inspiring and
informative. Presentation will be followed by a book
signing in the lobby hosted by Builders Booksource.
Whether you���re interested in your neighborhood���s
potential, fascinated by the quality of home, in the
market for a new house, or want to tap into
Susanka���s and Duany���s knowledge, you don���t want
to miss this presentation!
To register, or for further information, please visit
www.sfgreen.org or call (415) 383-5105.
A special thank you to the keynote event sponsors:
StopWaste.org, Build It Green, US Environmental
Protection Agency - Region 9, San Francisco Department
of the Environment, BuildingGreen, Healthy Home Plans,
and Pacific Gas & Electric. Outreach partners include:
The Commonwealth Club, AIA Committee On The
Environment, Organic Architect,
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social
Responsibility (ADPSR), and Builders Booksource.
A Little More About World Environment Day
So, what is World Environment Day you might ask?
Although the title involves the word ���day��� it���s
actually a week-long series of events surrounding
United Nations' Environment Program. But this is far
more than an international celebration of the natural
environment. World Environment Day (WED) 2005 marks a
turning point in the global movement toward
environmental sustainability. For the first time in
human history, more people now live in urban areas
than rural. This fact, coupled with the decline of
our environmental life support systems, presents the
greatest challenge of our time. Global efforts to
address these issues have focused on action among
national governments. But implementation always
requires local action. Mindful of this fact, San
Francisco will gather the largest group of mayors ever
assembled from the world's largest cities to address
the panoply of urban environmental sustainability
issues and to craft the world's first international
agreement among mayors to promote solutions.
But this is far more than a gathering of mayors and
international dignitaries. It is a global conference
open to the public that features more than 200
workshops, tours, seminars, film festivals, trade
shows, art exhibits and other events covering the full
range of environmental issues affecting our cities.
You can search these events by category and date by
going to the website. Whether your interest is green
building or renewable energy, mass transit or organic
foods, water conservation or air pollution, there is
something for everyone of all ages. For a full
calendar of events, please visit www.wed2005.org
Again, to register for the keynote, or for further
information, please visit www.sfgreen.org or call
Please join us!